Online Communication

COM 100 - Introduction to Human Communication

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This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of human communication, processes, and environments. This course surveys communication topics related to culture, identity, organizations, and relationships. By the end of this course, you should have a fuller understanding of appropriate and effective communication based on your knowledge of theoretical concepts and their application.

Course prerequisites and requirements

To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.

Quick facts

Next start date:

Aug. 20, 2024 (8 weeks)

  • Credits: 3
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Cost: $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • Define and describe the complex nature of communication
  • Identify and describe the various contexts of communication study, including interpersonal, small group, organizations, public, and mass communication
  • Explain the features of communication common to all contexts, including verbal and nonverbal
  • Connect theoretical concepts of communication to everyday experiences
  • Define key terms used by communication researchers and practitioners
  • Describe the relationships between the discipline of communication and other academic areas of study

What to expect in class

Video lectures, readings, writing assignments, discussions, optional live meetings with the instructor, quizzes, and final exam

Exams and grading


Reaction-Response (3)


Situational Analysis (4)


Exit Quizzes (7)


Final Exam


This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses. Course attendance dates will be listed on your transcript. A self paced course will appear on your transcript in the session you complete the course.

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the SOBE: Social and Behavioral Sciences General Studies requirement at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Faculty and course staff





Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

Arizona State University

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Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

Arizona State University

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Why take ASU Universal Learner Courses

  1. Credit you receive is from a regionally accredited university
  2. Your credit is highly transferable
  3. You only pay the $400 course cost if you pass

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